Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming

After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric found himself standing in front of the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication with two full years of radio experience already under his belt. The path was clear, and the broadcast journalism degree was obtained.

Over the next 20-plus years, Eric has drawn upon his extensive music knowledge to host programs in nearly every genre for commercial and public radio. He joined the JPR staff in 1996, hosting Siskiyou Music Hall from JPR’s Redding studios. In 2002, he moved to Ashland and took over as one of the hosts of Open Air. In addition to music, he’s put his journalism background to use reporting for NPR, managing JPR's award-winning newsroom, and producing feature-length public radio specials carried nationwide.

As FM Network Program Director, Eric oversees all aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air shift, and now handles JPR’s growing series of live in-studio music performances.

When not at work (which is nearly never) he can be seen in the crowd or on stage at music events around the region, or finishing solidly mid-pack in bicycle races in an effort to make his fitter friends feel better.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

Elephant Revival is a band that’s gaining national recognition for their innovative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. They’re a young group who’ve developed their own genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” 

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
4:16 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Carnegie Hall Live: Arcangelo Friday Night 8pm

Friday night at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the ensemble Arcangelo.

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3:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Composer John Tavener (1944-2013)

The composer of such memorable pieces as The Protecting Veil, The Lamb, and the beautiful Song for Athene has passed away at the age of 69.
Sir John Tavener, one of the leading British composers of the past 50 years, has died at the age of 69. Sir John was known for music that drew on his deep spirituality. In 1992, The Protecting Veil topped the classical charts for several months and in 1997 his Song For Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana.
Live Session Archive
6:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Paper Kites Live Session

The Paper Kites
Peter Kleinhenz

With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 7 million combined YouTube views. 

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10:33 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Best Insults In Classical Music

Throughout classical music history, composers haven't always been on their best behavior when referring to other composers. Here are some of the "best" insults.
Discover 21 of the best insults in classical music at Classic FM. Learn more about the best artists, composers and pieces on Discover Music
Live Session Archive
9:55 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Rufus Wainwright Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has made a musical mark with seven albums of original music, an opera and soundtracks for movies such as Across the Universe, Shrek, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Moulin Rouge. The Canadian-American also earned a Grammy nomination for his sold-out Judy Garland tribute performances at Carnegie Hall. From pop to classical to opera, Wainwright is fulfilling his mission “to make albums with variety and a sense of perspective on all that music can be.”

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Live Session Archive
3:53 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Misner & Smith Live Session

With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. The album features lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lake Street Dive Live Session CANCELLED

Credit Jarrod McCabe

Our scheduled live session with Lake Street Dive has been canceled due to lead singer Rachael Price being under the weather and needing to conserve her voice for upcoming concerts in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.   We hope to reschedule in the future.

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JPR Birthday
6:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Retro Lounge Celebrates 20 years

This hand-drawn poster for The Retro Lounge has hung in the production studio for years.

On Saturday night at 9pm, The Retro Lounge with Lars & The Nurse celebrates twenty years of JPR broadcasts!  

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JPR Classics
10:07 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Strike At Carnegie Hall Cancels Opening Gala

A strike by Carnegie Hall's stagehands has caused the cancelation of tonight's opening gala with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the associated live webcast.

More information is available at the New York Times Blog:  Click Here

JPR Music
9:05 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Northwest Artist With Ashland Roots Creates Unique Folk Art

An exmaple of Dejah Leger's linocuts.

Over the last few years, JPR has had an opportunity to play dozens of fantastic folk and roots music albums from the Shoreline, Washington-based music promotion company Hearth Music. Artists like Josh Halverson, Red Tail Ring, Laura Cortese, Dustbowl Revival, and Pharis & Jason Romero have been heard throughout the region on Open Air and on The Folk Show on Sunday Evenings.

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Britt Festivals
7:05 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Teddy Abrams Takes Baton At Britt Classical

Teddy Abrams
Credit Brittfest.org

Britt Festivals today announced that Teddy Abrams has been selected as the new Music Director and Conductor of the Classical Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon.

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Live Session Archive
10:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Singer/songwriter Erin Ivey Live Session

John Chung

Austin singer/songwriter Erin Ivey has been called "the darling" of the Austin, Texas music scene.  Over the last decade, she carved out a sizable niche in an extremely crowded music town armed with a tender crystalline voice and award-winning songcraft.

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Live Session Archive
8:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Michael Franti Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Michael Franti is the founder and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum social justice issues.

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10:58 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Was Beethoven's Metronome Wrong?

Many musicologists point to Beethoven's tempo markings as ridiculously fast. Over the years, debate as raged as to whether or not the composer's metronome was simply calibrated incorrectly, providing a convenient explanation for the rapid tempos. What do you think?
When great musicians play the classics, they often like to recreate the exact feel of a piece of music. But when playing Beethoven, many musicians completely disregard the tempo markings on his original sheet music. Sixty-six out of 135 of them have been regarded as "absurdly fast and thus possibly wrong," writes Sture Forsen in a new paper published in the American Mathematical Society.
JPR Is Mobile ...
3:56 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Free JPR iPhone/Android Apps

JPR's custom mobile apps enable you to take JPR with you!

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Live Session Archive
3:51 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Truth & Salvage Co. Live Session

Truth & Salvage Co. are a six-piece roots rock/Americana band from Los Angeles, California and currently headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The band formed in late 2005 when members from Scrappy Hamilton and Old Pike, two simultaneously performing Los Angeles acts, merged and began performing under their current moniker.

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Live Session Archive
3:41 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Little Comets Live Session

Little Comets
Peter Kleinhenz

Comprised of singer/guitarist/brothers Robert Coles and Michael Coles, with bassist/vocalist Matthew Hall, Little Comets are an English indie rock trio from Jarrow and Washington, Tyne and Wear - near Newcastle, England. They are described as playing 'kitchen sink indie' music.

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Live Session Archive
9:12 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Matt Hill Band Live Session

The Matt Hill Band formed just a couple of months before they decided to enter the 2013 South State Cellars/Britt Festivals Rising Stars Competition - a talent showcase designed as a fundraiser for La Clinica. The Grants Pass band ended up winning the contest, which included a half-hour live session on JPR.​

Live Session Archive
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Edward Herda Live Session

Edward Herda was once a stand-up comedian, and a performer and writer in an international commedia dell’arte troupe. Following a painful breakup, he decided to change direction in life, and spent time transforming himself into a poignant singer/songwriter. He stopped by JPR to play tunes from his debut album The Wondrous Folly Of Vaughn Frogg.

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